Your Dream Outbuilding, Realized
These three structures add style and living space to local properties.
Kids, young or old, will always prefer a place to play away from parents’ prying eyes. That was the idea — along with a little quiet time for mom and dad — when Little Compton-based architect Gale Goff was tapped to design this secondary structure for a Jamestown couple and their college-age offspring. Riffing on the design of the main house, which she had created ten years earlier for another client, Goff worked with Middletown’s K and R Construction to swap out an existing greenhouse for this 500-square-foot poolhouse. Situated at the west end of the pool, the building includes a kitchenette, bathroom, laundry area for towels, and a large common room that opens up to the property’s expansive garden.
At the top of an alternating tread staircase — “It takes up about half of the space of a regular staircase and adds a sculptural element to the room,” explains Goff — is a loft with two double beds for overnight guests. Hali Beckman spiffed up the landscaping, while Boston’s Andrew Paraskos Interiors tackled the inside design. The new hangout gets plenty of use all summer, according to Goff. “The kids love it. They like to have a space of their own at that age and what a beautiful spot, looking right out at Narragansett Bay. I don’t think I’ll hear any complaints.”